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First Lady Carter Visits the Guggenheim

First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the Guggenheim, 1977

First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the Guggenheim, 1977. Official White House Photo. Event Records. A0063. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York

Mrs. Carter with members of the Harlem Boys Choir at the Guggenheim, 1977

First Lady Carter with members of the Harlem Boys Choir at the Guggenheim, 1977. Official White House Photo. Event Records. A0063. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York

In 1977, First Lady Rosalynn Carter hosted an event at the Guggenheim for over 200 wives of foreign ministers and representatives of the United Nations. An invitation for the event read: “Mrs. Carter requests the pleasure of your company at a buffet luncheon on Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 1977 at one o’clock. Please present the invitation at the Guggenheim Museum Fifth Avenue and 89th Street.” The luncheon was a celebration of U.S. culture. Each course of the six-course buffet was served on a different museum ramp where, according to the Daily News article by Sheryl McCarthy, “the women ate shrimp and lobster near paintings by Frantisek Kupka, Oregon corn chowder in front of Fernand Léger, tacos near a Salvador Dali and fried chicken beside a Werner Drewes.” Throughout the meal, the wives were treated to a live program by the 30-member Harlem Boys Choir.

  • http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online Carmen Hermo

    All that delicious food near all those priceless artworks gives me a stomach ache!